J The Hoke County News
1 ."'i-'ioke County Journal
VOLUME XXXIX NO. 47
KALI-OKU, N. C. THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 1943
SLUO PER YEAR
NEWS OF OUR
Charles B. Johnson, Jr.
Member Of B-29 Unit,
Cited For Service
A 20TH BOMBER COMMAND
B-29 SUPERFORTRESS BASE, In
dia. Technician Fifth Grade Charles
B. Johnson, Jr. son of Mr. and Mrs.
C. B. Johnson of Raeford has been a
, warded the Meritorious Service Unit
Plaque as a member of an aviation
' signal company at headquarters, 20th
Bomber Command in India. This
award, newest of its kind as outlined
by the war department, was based
on a nine months' period of superior
operation and maintenance of com
munication facilities required by the
20th Bonber command headquarters.
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munications at all times, the bomber
command was materially aided in
meeting its target dates, and in the I
successful bombing of vital zones on
the Japanese mainland, Formosa, Ma- i
laya. China, Bunra, Thailand, In-do-China,
anj Manchuria. '
Opl. Johnson, who has completed I
thirteen months of service in India 1
entered the army on October 2, 1942. '
and has been a member of the cited
unit for the past 15 months. Jle was
formerly employed by the U". S. En
gineers at Wilmington. His wife and
son, Charles Thomas, reside at 305
Green Street, Fayetteville. Mrs.
Johnson is the former Miss Gertrude
Cottingham of Raeford.
Capt. Hyde Writes Of
J. L. Teal, Jr.'s Death
The following lotter has been re
ceived by Mrs. J. L. Teal telling of ;
the death of her son, Lonnie, on a '
battlefield in Germany: ' i
My dear Mrs. Teal:
It i3 with the deepest regret
& t I express my sincere sympathy I
. Jy you in your grief at the loss of
jr son, and our comrade-in-arms,
.-fc. Jesse L. Teal, Jr., 34 678 307,
mho was killed in action in Germany
on March 15, 1945.
Jesse was a trustworthy and
faithful soldier. He believed in the
' greatness and justice of our cause,
and was willing to sacrifice his life
for this cause to succeed. His pas
sing has been profoundly felt
mourned by all of us.
It will be a co.r.fort to you to know
that your son was a gallant soldier,
iiKea ana respected oy an me o -
ficers and men m his Company. e
all under tar.d as we are sure ?
ft tmeit' steTth
i i i At.
will never feel that his
been in vain.
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Jesse was buried in an American
cemetery in France, and a Protestant"? rive; . Co'ton1Jga1fmen1ts":
chaplain officiated at the burial.
I shall consider it a privilege to
be of any possible service to you in
any way whatsoever in the future.
JAMES R. HYDE,
Capt., 254th Inf.,
Opl. Earl R. Bass, who is with
the 75th Division serving in Ger
many, has been awarded the Com
bat Infantry Ba'dge, according to a
special announcement received by
The News-Journal yesterday. His
wife, Bonnie H. Bass, is from Raeford.
Pvt. Roy Jones has notified his
father, T. C. Jones, of his safe ar
rival in Germany. He is assigned to
the First Army.
Lt. John Alec Smith, son of J. W.
Smith of Vass and nephew of Mrs.,the N j RiUer of Rocfcfish and
3. M. Norton of Raeford, has writ- wul RiUer o( Fayetteviiie; one sister,
ten home that he is in a hospital in Mrs j c. o Maxton.
Paris w th a slight concussion which Funaral serves, were conducted
was caused by the explosion of a Tue9jlay afternoon at 5 o'clock from
shell near him. He is serving with Galatia Presbyterian church with
the 9th anmy.
Dan Cox, SKV 3-c, of the Norfolk
Naval Training base, spent a short
leave at home with his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. D. C. Cox.
" Neill Brothers
it On Leyte
x-fc. Kenneth McNeill and Sgt. Ed
McNeill, sons of Mr. and Mrs. John
K. McNeill of Raeford, ran up on
each other the other day down on
Leyte Island. Both boys have been
stationed in the Pacific for some
months but this is their first meet-
ing. Some weens ago uoooy t-ar-
Sgt. Ed in an army postoffice, and
the McNeill boys planned to call
Guard Kills Negro
Convict As Two
Alex Hanks Killed And Henry
Cuinmings Is Still At Large
In Break For Freedom In Al
lendale. Henry Cummings is being sought j
by police and state's prison- officials.
and Alex Hanks went home in a
coffin as the result of a break by
two negro convicts from the Scot
land county prison cairp last Fri
day, while the ir.-en were working on a
county-state highway in Allendale
township, near the Arch McGugan j
Penal Director H. H. Honeycutt i
announced that Hanks, 19-year-old 1
j Warren County man, was shot, by
i uruaru marviii tiei niun iiiiu uiai
i ran about 100 yards after being hit
I before he dropped dead, dimming--.
who was under 1518 year sentence
from Cumberland county for man
slaughter, made good his escape by
entering a nearby woods. Search for
him by Hoke and Robeson county
officers continued in the area fo
?hout 24 hours. I
Hanks was serving an 8-10 ye?r;
sentence for assault with a deadly
In another break Friday night at
the Macon County camp, Leonari
Curtis was seriously wounded when
three prisoners disarmed a guard
and broke the ward roo n door down.
i"1. nnl,r nplcnnar Vi i kv
several shots from other guards, but
the other two prisoners escaping,
Charlie William Jones and James
Hackney, were later recaptured.
Little Clothing Is
Given For Relief
By Hoke People
Committee Appeals For Greater
Contributions For The Nation
al Old Clothing Campaign.
Members of the Hoke pountv com
mittee in charge of collecting old
clothing for distribution in the war
zones state that contributions to the
.'campaign so far are very light, and
that the county will fall far short
of its 75,000 pound quota unless un-
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PYiiw pn v liirup triiLS ait Luiutru ui
accoraine to ivirs. r. d. v-uie. ui inc.
,PTA, which organization cooperating
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with the Kiwanis club in sponsor-
J aU Sites IltTCUCU-anuuiu uc titoti
'but need not be ironed, woolen
garments needing cleaning will be
cleaned as funds for this purpose
have been contributed by the PTA
and other individuals.
Kenneth C. Ritter
Taken By Death
Kenneth Charles Ritter, 56, of
Rockfish, died in Fayetteville
Monday afternoon after an illness
of several days.
He was a native of Hoke county,
the son of the late J. T. and Susan
Blue Ritter. He was an employee
of the State Highway Commission
for 20 years, having retired several
yea- ago due to ill health.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Belle
T3,,tn D;tta rxna inn DairiH K Rit.
. . ., ratt.-uiii.- tum hm-
the Rev. David Blue and Rev. E. B
Booker officiating. Burial was in
the church cemetery.
on Carter and have an "all Hoke
County bull session" while the three
were on the same island.
Tracy T. Cottingham, Jr., formerly
of Raeford, has been given a dis
ability discharge from the army
and arrived at his home in Fayette
ette last Thursday. He was a mem
ber of the Raeford unit of the 252nd
C. A., and spent two years overseas
with them, returned to the States
and served a tour of duty here. Prior
to receiving his discharge, he was
a patient at Asniora irenerai nos
PitaU White Sulphur Springs. West
- - - campaign is tain no-sons who it develoned were
.J"a enen C3mP F1 p0n-existent. These books; OPA will
.""t more tfcan , 000 rtw were sold at S10 each. She
P--n-fof clothing shoes and rTtT
All clothing shoul, be "JrJ'.S
I Mrs. W. H. Thompson
j Dies At Maxton
Mrs. W. H. Thompson, 7G, died
Saurday morning at her home near
Maxton. Funeral services were con
ducted from the home at 4 o'clock
Sunday afternoon. She was buried
in the Maxton cemetery beside her
husband, who died 14 years ago. At
her bedside were three sons, Clyde
S. Thompson of Charleston, S. C,
Marshall A. Thompson of Washing
ton, D. C, formerly of Raleigh, and
W. Alton Thompson of Maxton, and
one daughter, Mrs. Charles C. Hut
ton of Greensboro. She is also sur
vived by five brothers, T. J., S. R. and
J. W. Smith of Vass, D. E. of Perkin
ston. Miss., and A. A. Smith of Pic
ayune, Miss.: two sisters, Mrs. Archie
McGill of Maxton and Vass and .Mrs.
J. M. Norton of Raeford; 12 gran VI
children and tHree great-grandchildren.
Before her marriage, Mrs. Thomp
son was Annie Jane Smith, eldest
dauijhter of the late Alexander and
; Harriet Smith of upper Hoke county.
! She has lived in Maxton 42 year.!.
Oxford 0PA Holds
Ji20n Gas Coupon
Fcmer Raeford Resident Un
der Bond Pendinf Hearings
Tn Federal Court Next Mon
Rovster of Raleig'i and
i D;LothY e Dim
under bonds of
$1,000 e?oh and are expected to go
on trial Monday in Federal Court
in Raleigh or charges of theft and
selling gasoline ration coupons.
The girls, former employees of the
Oxford War Price and Rationins
boards, were placed under bonds last
Thursday following hearings before
Mrs. Elsie Garton, U. S. Commis
sioner. T. S. Johnson, district OPA. dir
ector, stated that the girls had been
emoloyed at the Oxford board last
yea' and had resigned from, these
Dositions of their own accord on De
cember 31, 1944, and the embez
zlement of the coupons is supposed
to have taken place between De-
cember 15 and 31, after they had giv
en "oiro of their resignations.
According to the Kaleigh limes,
OPA will charge, said Johnson, that
"is? Rovster made fake entries on
the ration records, showing that "A"
Mmn hnnL-e hart hpon lCCMPri tn fPr-
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be77.1e son-e "A" books, and "B"
and "C" coupons in a like manner.
The stuwlemental gasoline coupons.
OPA will charge, were sold by her
from 50 cents to $1 per coupon.
Miss Rovster had been employed
bv the Oxford hoard since January,
1944. and Miss Dixon had been em
ployed for 30 months.
Kiwanis Asks For
Day Of Praver For
Kiwanis International has ap
pealed to business, civic and religi
ous leaders in more than 2,250 com
munities throughout the United
Strtes and Canada to designate
moment of prayer each day from j
April 25 to May 9 for divine ui- j
dance of delegates attending the San
Francisco peace conference.
The service organization, which
has a membership of exceeding 144,
000 in the two countries, asked of
ficers of clubs to seek the appoint
ments of a community committee to
urge the mayors of their respective
cities to proclaim the daily prayer
In its request to club officers, Kiw
anis International expresses the o
pinion that "the guidance of Al-
mighty God in the deliberations and,
decisions of this great conference
is imperative it
uiipciciuve ii idauuK ircnuc qiiuj.oe presenxea. ine may ruie uhr:c
international justice are to be a
Kiwanis also asked that churc-i
bells be rung or a siren sounded at
the time designated to call the at
tention of the public to the daily
period of prayer.
Guests in the homes of A. J. and
George Freeman for the past week
end was their father. J. W. Freeman
of Biscoe and Cpl. and Mrs. Huey
Long of Greensboro.
Are you as "busy as a bee." An 1
active bee colony in col lee tin r 65
pounds of pollen visits 500 million .
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Trainer Plane Bought With Bonds
Sold By Hoke County School Children
A decakorania crediting students of Hoke County Schools, with
purchasing enough War Bonds and Stamps to buy an AT-6 Texan' Training
Plane has been transferred to an airplane of that type at Foster Field,
Texas, AAF Fighter Gunnery School. Here Major Lawrence W. Evans of
Lorena, Texas. Ppst Operations Officer, and WAC Cjl. Gladys L. Quirk of
Cresson, Penn.. both stationed at the AAF Training Command base decide
where to place a decakomania. The stickers remindi pilots of the out
standing war effort exercised by children of the school designated on the
Discharges For Meri
Forty-Two Or Over
WASHINGTON, Apr. 24. The war
department today announced that en
listed men 42 years of age or over
will be discharged from the army at
The ruling will not apply to any
soldier who is undergoing discipli
nary action or who is in need of
further medical or surgical treatment
Approximately 50,000 men in the
army are 42 or over, the department
Soldiers overseas who apply for
and are eligible for discharge will
be brought back to this country for
release at the earliest practicable
FMC To Present
May Pageant On
Annual Outdoor Festival Will
Feature Variety Of Folk
The May Day Pageant at Flora
Macdonald college will be presented
on Tuesday afternoon, May 1, at
The pageant this year will be
centered around a group of miners
a,in search of a May Pole, and will
include a number of lovely and I
colorful folk dances. Outstanding
among the dancers will be Nonra
Ann Lewis of Bessemer City, Mar
j0rie Powell of Elizabethtown, and
Sara Jean Austin of Thomasville
An innovation this year will be
the opening number of the pageant
a mass drill of white-clad freshmen
and sophomores. This will be fol
lowed by Scottish folk dances in
costume, by juniors and seniors in
cluding of course the Highland Fling.
These opening features will pre
cede the entrance of the Queen and
her court, and the crowning of the
queen, after which the pageant will
' t- i .1 ii
oy ine entire cast wiu i-iuse me fes
tivities. The pageant is directed by Miss
Ethel Bateman, director of physical
Lt. Ben F. Currie, who was wourui
ed in a plane crash in the Pacific,
has been returned to the States and
is now in San Francisco. Fraom
there he will go to the Jacksonville
Naval Air station.
Mrs. Woodrow McLean of Charle-
jton spent the week end in the home
.of Mr. W. A. McLean. Sgt. Woodrow
McLean ii now stationed in the Ha
Joseph M. Bryant
Shrine Head Is
Speaker At Club
Raeford Club Has First Open
Meeting With Wives Attend
Joseph M. Bryant, potentate of the
Shrine of North Carolina, was the
principal speaker at the first open
meeting of the Raeford Shrine club
held last night in the armory. J. B.
I Thomas, president of the newly
, formed club was master of cere-
Also heard during the dinner pro
gram was S. Caspar Chandler, state
Shrine recorder, of Charlotte. Mr.
Bryant is from Greensboro. A num
ber of Shrine members from both
Greensboro and Charlotte attended
Wives of the members of the local
club were guests at the meeting last
right, and a chicken dinner was ser
ved by members of the Raeford chap
ter of the Eastern Star.
Miss Margaret McKenzie of the
Raeford school faculty received news
Saturday morning that her brother.
iWillian N. McKenzie, had died in
Duke hospital at eight o'clock that
morning. He had been ill for sev
eral years but had only been at
Duke for one week. Funeral ser
vices were conducted from the home
of his mother in Gibson on Sunday
afternoon at six o'clock. He is sur
vived by his wife, two children, his
mother, one brother and three sis
ters. Attending the funeral and burial
services from Raeford were: Mrs.
Julian Johnson, Miss Agnes Mae
Johnson, Mrs. Clyde Unchurch, Mrs.
Clyde Upchurch, Jr., Mrs. Arah Stu
art, Mrs. Hallie Gatlin, Mr. and Mrs.
K. A. MacDonald and Mr. and Mrs.
V. R. White.
Board Names Beall
To Hospital Posts
The State Hospitals Board, meet
ing last Saturday named Dr. Louis
G. Beall of Morganton and Dr. R. G.
Blaclewelder of Raleigh as acting
superintendents of the Morganton
and Raleigh state hospitals respec
tively. Ryan McBryde, board member from
Raeford, was named chairman of the
buildings and grounds committee,
and will also serve on the agricul
ture and Goldsboro hospitals visiting
Gets 12-15 Years
In States Prison
Superior Court Term Lasts But
Five Hours; Three Divorces
In a brief session of Hoke County
Superior court held Monday. Judge
Henry L. Stevens of Warsaw, dealt
out justice in the few criminal ca.se!
on the docket, heard three divorce
cases and adjourned the session.
Lawrence Jones, negro, entered a
plea of guilty of second degree mur
der of Dave Bethea, anj this was
accepted by Solicitor Ertle Carlyle.
Jones shot Bethea to death three
weeks ago following an argument
about Jones' wife.
Garfield Watkins, negro, changed
with abandonment, pleaded guilty,
and was ordered to pay $25 pel
month towards the support of his
A true bill of second degree mur
der was returned by the grand jury
against Cecil King, white convict,
indicted for the murder of another
convict at Sanatorium, but due to the
fact that King is already under sen
tence of 40 years on other cases,
Solicitor Carlyle asked for a nol pros
with leave, and the court ordered
King returned to State's prison.
Lonnie Ray, negro, pleaded guilty
of assault on a female and was giv
en 18 months on the roads. The
court ordered the sentence suspen
ded upon payment of $500. to defray
tne costs of bringing Ray back from
New York where he was arrested two
weeks ago, pay court costs, anj any
balance to go to Beatrice Cherry
the woman he assaulted last fall.
In the only civil hearings of the
term, three divorces were granted
in the cases of Gladys vs Amos L.
Smith; Nellie Tew vs. William Frank
lyn Tew, all white; and Alee Adams
Cheek vs. Kenneth Cheek, negroes.
Grand Jury. ;
Neill A. McDonald was named
foreman of the grandjury and he and
the following were the new mem
bers named to that body: E. A. Wine
coff, J. W. McNeill, N. McL. Mc
Diarmii M. W. Ray, B. F. McDuf
fie, J. M. Baker and W. J. McBryde.
Members from last term are: C. J.
Holland, J. B. McLeod. R. F. Clark,
A. M. McBryde, G. D. Vanhoy, T. D.
Potter, W. F. Livingston and'j. W.
The grand jury submitted the fol
To His Honor Henry L. Stevens,
We. the Grand Jury of Hoke Coun
ty, beg to submit the following re
port. We have examined one bill of in
dictment and found one true bill.
We have a report from K. A. Mac
Donald, Superintendent of Schools
stating that the school buses ara in
We have examined the report of
the Justice of Peace and found it to
be in order.
We have examined the report of
the Mayor and the Town of Raeford
and have found it to be in order.
We have examined the County Jail
and the Courthouse and found them
to be in excellent condition with the
exception of one leak from a drain
pipe from the roof of the jail. We
also have a report that the County
Office building is well kept.
We wish to express our appreciation
to His Honor Judge Henry L. Stevt is
for his fine charge ani fir the co
operation and assistance shown us by
him and our able Solicitor F. E. Car
lyle. Respectfully Submitted,
Neill A. McDonald, For.r3n.
M. G. Ray Clerk.
Goats Display Horse
Sense; Three "Adopt'
Mess Sergeant '
CENTRAL LUZON. P. I. (Delayed)
Marines here have a new twist
to the pet angle. This time its goats
hundreds of them.
When personnel of the First Ma
rine Air Wing's dive-bomber squa
drons landed, they pitched camp near
their operating field In central Lu
zon. The goats took over the Ma
rines. Milling around throughout
the entire area bleating happily, they
lounge in unoccupied tents during
The goats have adopted their fav
orite Marines and follow them every
where even to church, reports Staff
Sgt. Bill Allen, a Marine Corp3 com
To prove that goats have a gen
erous portion of horse sense, three
of them have adopted the .mess ser
geant. These three are fatter than
The national pig goal has been set
at 37 million head, 18 per cent more
than the number raised last fall.